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suitable privacy hedge but not too high!

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by sara, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. sara

    sara Apprentice Gardener

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    I am renting a house that has a large cattle barn above a slope rising from the garden at the back.

    I have no privacy at the back and so would like to grow a hedge at the top of the garden below the wall to hide the farmyard.

    Naturally I dont want an anti-social one like leylandii that grows too high.

    But I do want a hedge that cannot be looked through (possibly evergreen), preferably native and fast growing but growing to a full height of only 10 to 15 feet.

    A number of friends suggested laurel but that grows to 40/50 feet!

    Other suggested various conifers but I feel they are depressing to look out on and foreign.

    I really wanted rhododendrums but I am told that they grow too slowly.

    I need the privacy in the winter when the cattle are in the yard above so the hedge needs to be thick.
    Thanks,
    Sara........ :D
     
  2. Mrs cloudy

    Mrs cloudy Gardener

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    There is a problem here in that the things that will grow quickly will also want to keep growing. Would it be possible to put up a fence and trellis and grow climbers through it? That would give you quick results without having to worry about too much height.
     
  3. sara

    sara Apprentice Gardener

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    Thats a good point and worth considering Mrs Cloudy, If I can afford it.
    thanks,
    sara.
     
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